Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Travelers Rest, SC, USA
Model: GL1800, GL1200, GL1000
Originally Posted by Bike...and Dennis
How does the o-ring fit the top?
The main body OD o-ring fits perfectly.
It is not a square profile o-ring like the original Honda o-ring, but a standard round profile o-ring.
It has a large enough profile so that it fits very tightly inside the body of the petcock when the valve top half its installed on is inserted into the body. It's a good tight fit and makes it a pretty stiff effort to rotate the valve from on to off. As the o-ring seats in with use, it will most likely loosen up a bit.
One other thing I learned is something that I suspected was correct. The main body OD o-ring will NEVER see gas unless the 4-hole gasket is leaking. If the 4-hole gasket is holding, no gas ever enters the main valve housing. Gas is either blocked off (OFF position) or sent through to the carbs (ON position), but gas never leaks internally into the petcock body unless the 4-hole gasket fails. The big main valve body o-ring is basically a fail-safe device to prevent gas from pouring out of the valve and onto the engine should the gasket spring a leak.
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